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Monday, 9 October 2006

My first Pinkeep

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI can sew and I can embroider, plus loving to fiddle about making things this much is true... and have as long as I can remember. The trouble was as I got older with more demands on my time, I just couldn't find the time and was continually frustrated about it. In my local area cross-stitch is not a big hobby, so the choice of designs and supplies is pretty limited, mainly to Lavender and Lace, Miribilia and DMC/Lanarte kits if your lucky. Which, whilst there is nothing wrong with them I would get bored before I got the time to finish them. I would go to the Knitting and Stitching show once a year which is where I discovered some Shepherd's Bush, Lizzie Kate and Just Nan. Now to my limited knowledge this was just about it for the stitching world..........until.........I discovered the internet and what treasures in the way of linens (I only thought you got linen in 28ct white or cream 32ct if you were very lucky), threads (I only knew about DMC and Anchor) and all the stunning charts and kits and charms and all the other array of beauties that are out there for a stitcher :-)))

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingAfter this huge break through of a discovery for me, my sister (Su) knowing what I like, one day sent me a link to an album.......not much you may think!!! Ah, but....I had kind of discounted much stitching based purely on the fact I was not into big designs (remember, I thought that was all there was) and then through Vero's album I first discovered 'smalls' imagine my delight !!! My eyes were growing bigger and bigger and I loved them as Su had quite rightly said...."they were right up my street" ....lol. Next I went on to discover more albums then blogs and I must say there are some beautiful pieces of work out there. I think I am mainly influenced by the French ladies stitching and I personally find it very inspiring, maybe due to my French ancestry. who knows...lol??

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSo now I have a bit more time to get my needle out , I even started my own blog a few months ago. As I now realise that I can be an embroiderer/stitcher without the need to do a massive project. I am so happy about this, so much so I cannot tell you :-))) it's like a whole new world has come to life for me again.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingThis little scissor fob is from the Mary Garry 'Get Well Sweetie' chart, I changed the colours as I wanted them a bit stronger than the recommended ones. I stitched this 1/1 on 32ct and made my own cording for the first time which was great fun and so easy I don't know why I waited!! I finished it with some small pearl beads...

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingSeeing this shape pinkeep that Vero and Nataliejo have from the Merry Cox one (see how you ladies influence me...lol) I really fancied to have one of my own so following Vero's instruction on how to do a square pinkeep (can still be found on her blog) which I'd had a trial run at doing an ornie for my daughter a few months ago....we have below my very first pinkeep....ta da!!! Stitched 2/2 on 32ct with chiffon ribbon edging and pearl effect pins.

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI am so pleased with how they have turned out, I think they might be my favourite things I've made, probably because I like small things so much!!

Photobucket - Video and Image HostingI have also had a busy week doing a couple of other small things that are finished but they are for birthday gifts so I can't show them yet (watch out Su for the end of the week).....I am also planning on making a start on the Merry Cox Shaker Spool Holder which is a very late start for me (due to getting supplies needed) with the SAL on Danielles blog once I have finished what I have to do. I have all my things at the ready to start now, thanks first to Sandra and then Nataliejo who has so very kindly sent me the silk gingham for the finishing, so there is no stopping me now!! Take a look at the stunning MC Shaker Spool Holder Nataliejo has done , I hope I can do mine as nicely :-)

So thats about it for now, have a great week and I'll be back soon.....


Blogger Susimac said...

Its lovely H and I love your colour choices too. That dinky wee fob is as nice as you described it to me and I love the pinkeep - well done you.

6:25 pm  
Blogger Deb said...

Beautiful job, looking forward to seeing your Shaker Spool finish. :)

7:57 pm  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Oh, I LOVE that quaker spool set! And your new ornies look very nice too. I agree that the French ladies are a great inspiration, and since re-visiting their blogs, I've been finishing like mad!

9:17 pm  
Anonymous nataliejo said...

Helen, how gorgeous your smalls are !! I especially LOVE the little scissor fob ! It looks so tiny !!!

10:50 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

Lena, all your smalls are absolutely gorgeous! congrats

1:11 am  
Blogger Nicki said...

They are beautiful! And I can see the French ladies' influence in your photographs too :)

I have the Shaker Spool Holder as a neglected WIP, so I'm looking forward to seeing yours :)

2:03 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Internet is great, isn't it? All these new doors opening up to us. Your latest finish is fabulous!

8:00 am  
Blogger Lesley said...

Aren't the French designs fabulous? I'm just getting into smalls too as I don't seem to have the patience or concentration for anything bigger at the moment!

11:30 am  
Anonymous VavadesNeiges said...

wow ! how lovely are these smalls
congrats for your first pinkeep
your fob is also so cute !

3:12 pm  
Blogger BeckySC said...

Your latest finishes are just stunning, Helen! WOW, congratulations :)

7:46 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

Your set is gorgeous, congratulations.

8:21 pm  
Blogger Von said...

Vero is such an inspiration, and you are too Helen!! I just love all the wonderful things you create and these smalls are no exception! Hurray for you. :D

4:13 am  
Anonymous christel said...

your scissor fob and your first pinkeep are beautiful. Kisses

5:56 am  
Anonymous IsaB said...

Pinkeep and scissor fob are just too cute! I understand you love them!!!! ;-D

8:53 am  
Blogger Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Your pinkeep is lovely. I am so glad you have more time for stitching now. To me my stitching is relaxing and keeps my mind busy as well as my hands. Huggers

9:27 pm  
Blogger Carol said...

How Cute! Where did you find that chart? Is it a freebie??

5:02 am  
Blogger Sue said...

Your scissor fob and pin keep are great. So pretty!

11:44 am  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

Your pinkeep and scissor fob are just darling! You get more stitching done that I do!! I need to spend more time stitching it looks like!! You must have a really neat LNS. So many cute patterns!! Debby

4:45 pm  
Blogger Vero M said...

Bravo bravo, this is GORGEOUS :-)))

5:42 pm  
Blogger Meari said...

Congrats on your first pinkeep! Both the fob and keep turned out really nice. Well done. I love reading your blog and enjoy seeing the designs. :)

6:09 pm  
Blogger AnneS said...

Your pinkeep and fob are just darling - great job! :D

11:14 am  
Blogger Cathy said...

I must admit that the internet and blogs have really got me going too! I can totally relate to your story.

Your pinkeep and scissors fob look fabulous!!

8:28 pm  

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